Keeping track of which number strings belong to which mobile operators used to be easy, but the growing number of new SIMs and cellphone users means that the amount of numbers in South Africa have increased.
MTN still uses the 083 code and Vodacom still uses 082, but the 063, 064, 065, and 066 codes are a bit more complex.
These changes have only really affected mobile number codes however, with geographic landline codes remaining constant and easy to remember.
00 remains the international access code, while 01-05 still refer to landlines in specific provincial areas.
Number codes in the 06 and above range have become more complex as mobile networks grow and more competitors enter the space, however.
There also a number of other services which require number code allocations to function, such as machine-related services and pagers.
These generally occupy the higher number code ranges.
Number codes in South Africa
It is important to note that some number ranges were allocated and divided between mobile operators in ICASA’s numbering plan regulations of 2016.
Additionally, customers now have the option to port their numbers between networks, meaning that certain numbers might not be carried by the original network operator.
For example, the 084 number range was originally allocated to Cell C, but some numbers might be carried on the Vodacom, MTN, or Telkom network due to customers porting their number.
The table below details which number ranges are linked to which operators and areas in South Africa.
|Number Range||Area or operator|
|00||International access code|
|01||Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and part of the North West|
|02||The Western Cape and parts of the Northern Cape|
|04||The Eastern Cape and eastern parts of the Western Cape|
|05||The Free State and parts of the Northern Cape|
|0603 – 0605||MTN|
|0606 – 0609||Vodacom|
|0610 – 0613||Cell C|
|0630 – 0635||MTN|
|0636 – 0637||Vodacom|
|0638 – 0640||MTN|
|0641 – 0645||Cell C|
|0646 – 0649||Vodacom|
|0655 – 0657||MTN|
|0658 – 0659||Telkom Mobile|
|0660 – 0665||Vodacom|
|0670 – 0672||Telkom Mobile|
|0711 – 0716||Vodacom|
|0717 – 0719||MTN|
|080||Toll-free, called party pays|
|0811 – 0815||Telkom Mobile|
|085||USAL licence holders|
|086||Sharecall, MaxiCall, and premium-rate services|
|0860||Sharecall – Landline callers pay local call, called party pays long distance if applicable|
|0861||MaxiCall – Caller always pay long distance for call even if routed to local office|
|0862 – 9||Premium rate – Caller pays increasing rate linked to last digit|
|08671 – 08674||Information services|
|087||Value-added services (including VoIP)|
|088||Pagers and Telkom CallAnswer voicemail|
|089||Maxinet, for polls and radio call-in services|
|0902||Premium-rate adult services|
|096||Machine related services|
|097||Machine related services|
|098||Machine related services|